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Edward Zajac – 94 year old investor


This is a story I came across in the Economic Times.It seems to be a reprint from Bloomberg.I have this story pinned to my notice board just to remind me how Dumb Money can become Smart Money.Here is a person who seems to have made good money without trying to become an expert at investing.He has accepted his lack of expertise and found a way to benefit from the expertise of the “smart money”.His method involves just looking at some basic facts before putting his money in a company.The skills required are really basic.The rest of his magic merely seems to be a result of compounding due to his Time in the Market and the wisdom that comes from experience.To follow him we don’t need to understand financial statements or master technical analysis.

 Buy & hold strategy not dead yet for 94-year-old investor

wealthymatters.comNEW YORK: Stick with stocks, says investor Edward Zajac. He should know. The 94-year-old has been trading for 72 years and said he’s made about $2.5 million.

“I am a live, open-hearted investor,” said Zajac. “I’m willing to hold that stock 5, 10 years, if I have to.” Zajac, who lives with his daughter in Henderson, Nevada, bought his first stock, Petroleum & Resources, in 1937 while attending the University of Illinois. He’s invested full-time since 1968, after retiring from installing computer systems to travel the US in a recreational vehicle with his wife. Read more of this post

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8 Habits of Millionaires


 wealthymatters.comHere is a to – do- list that can make almost anyone a millionaire.The operative word is millionaire as in a person with a few crore rupees.This list does not require a person to be specially talented with money.All that is required is the will to become a millionaire and the discipline and persistence  to stick to doing small things repeatedly till you master them.You won’t get to live the life of the Rich and Famous but you and your family will be comfortable later in life.

Earn to Invest, Not Earn to Spend 

The first skill you need to master is to learn to control your impulses and delay gratification.Just force yourself to postpone buying unnecessary things for longer and longer periods .Allow yourself to buy those things only when you have saved up and invested a certain amount of money first.After a while you will find it easy to first invest money and then spend the remaining.If you have debts, force yourself to invest first , pay your  EMIs and then spend, in that order.

Have a Plan and Work the Plan

Then use this calculator https://wealthymatters.com/2011/01/26/target-crorepati/ to figure out how much you need to save and start putting it away monthly to make your first crore.To find the best interest rates refer to this post https://wealthymatters.com/2011/01/19/interest-rate/ .Now that you know how much to put aside and where you need to do it,you have your basic plan in place to become a millionaire.

Develop Many Income Streams

A  person can work only that hard and that long and only at  that many jobs in a day to make money.So its important to start acquiring assets that make you money.So ,for example, you will have to consider buying a good mutual fund or some good dividend yielding shares.

Understand your Finances

Also you need to be aware of exactly how much you are making, how much you need to save and learn to develop a budget for spending.You need to know how to evaluate how your investments are doing.For that you can take the help of this post https://wealthymatters.com/2011/01/26/cagr-calculator/ .The more you know the more you can make out of your investments and the less people can cheat you. Read more of this post

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